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    FM 3-05.130 Army Special Operations Forces Unconventional Warfare (Initial Draft) October 2007
    FM 3-05.130, Army Special Operations Forces Unconventional Warfare, establishes keystone doctrine for ARSOF operations in UW. It is based on lessons learned from both historical and contemporary UW operations. It is also based on existing Army SF UW doctrine of long standing, recently developed doctrine such as COIN, and emerging affiliated concepts such as irregular warfare.....

    ....ARSOF execute and are the functional proponent for UW under the authority of Commander, United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM). Currently, there exists no authoritative interagency or joint doctrine specifically for UW—although sufficient joint doctrine does exist for general campaign design and execution of joint and Army operations. This manual is the overarching doctrinal reference which specifically addresses UW as conducted by ARSOF.

    The first chapter establishes what UW is and includes a comparison of traditional and emerging concepts with which UW is sometimes confused. Chapter 2 and its supporting appendixes discuss the international environment and United States (U.S.) instruments of national power within which all military operations—including UW—occur. Chapter 3 addresses policy and doctrine that define, enable, and constrain UW. Chapter 4 outlines campaign considerations for UW. The next three chapters provide a more focused operational discussion of ARSOF’s three main component disciplines: SF operations, Psychological Operations (PSYOP), and Civil Affairs (CA). Chapter 8, which concerns supporting elements and activities of UW, concludes the basic manual. The appendixes contain useful supplemental information. The first seven appendixes (A–G) provide expanded and detailed information on U.S. instruments of national power within the broader context of the international environment. Appendix H is a survey of definitions and current academic considerations concerning historical and cultural concepts useful to the assessment of human environments. Appendix I provides a historical survey of UW. Appendix J contains an outline sketch of change and constancy in the definition of UW. Current doctrinal references and an expanded bibliography provide a guide for further reading and mature understanding of UW within the endeavor of war.....

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    Final is out, dated 30 Sep 08. The link in the post above will no longer take you to the old draft version.

    Download from AKO: FM 3-05.130 ARSOF UW (May also require registration with the ARSOF Literature KC)

    Download from BCKS: FM 3-05.130 ARSOF UW (Requires registration with the BCKS COIN Operations forum)

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